Donegal Town 1XV started their season on Saturday with a game where the scoreboard didn’t reflect the contest.
Donegal 1XV 5
Cooke 2XV 36
A disastrous start for Donegal losing Zack Balogun, who was stretchered off with a knee injury in the opening minutes. Nevertheless the 14 men opened the scoring on 15 minutes with Eddie Gallagher touching down following good work from props Jason Conway and Danny Toland.
Cookstown were awarded a penalty which they converted and then got a soft try in the 25th minute with the touch judge calling for a knock on, but to no avail. Donegal’s day did not improve any with the home side losing try scorer Eddie Gallagher to a suspected concussion. Half time score 5-10.
The second half was always going to be a tough ask but the 13 men did themselves proud. Cookstown eventually wore them down to run in a number of scores and the game was over as a contest midway through the second half.
However, Donegal stuck to their task well and camped in the opposition 22 for long periods but were unable to break down a solid Cooke defence.
Under the circumstanced there were plenty of positives to take with some fine individual performances from Danny Toland, Jason Conway, and Gareth Marais.
Best wishes to Zack for a speedy recovery and hopefully Eddie Gallagher can remember where he is now.